Poland national football team
The Poland national football team represents Poland in association football and is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland.
Manager: Adam Nawałka
Captain: Jakub Błaszczykowski
Association: Polish Football Association
Arena/Stadium: National Stadium Warsaw
Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
Head coach: Adam Nawałka
There had been a Polish presence at seven FIFA World Cups before the country finally qualified for a first UEFA European Championship final tournament, in 2008. As co-hosts for the 2012 event a second appearance quickly followed but, as on their debut in Austria, they failed to win a game and did not progress beyond the group stage. It was a different story in the 1970s and 1980s when, with world-class forwards Grzegorz Lato and Zbigniew Boniek to the fore, Poland reached four successive World Cups, collecting the bronze medals in West Germany in 1974 and again in Spain eight years later. Now the team possess another top-grade striker in Robert Lewandowski, who powered Poland to UEFA EURO 2016 with a record-equalling qualifying competition tally of 13 goals.
Poland Euro 2016 Squad (Predicted)
Coach: Adam Nawałka
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc, Łukasz Fabiański, Wojciech Szczęsny, Przemysław Tytoń
Defender: Łukasz Broź, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Rafał Janicki, Artur Jędrzejczyk, Tomasz Jodłowiec, Tomasz Kędziora, Marcin Komorowski, Paweł Olkowski, Michał Pazdan, Łukasz Piszczek, Maciej Sadlok, Łukasz Szukała, Jakub Wawrzyniak, Grzegorz Wojtkowiak
Midfielder: Jakub Błaszczykowski, Ariel Borysiuk, Maciej Gajos, Kamil Grosicki, Bartosz Kapustka, Mateusz Klich, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Karol Linetty, Krzysztof Mączyński, Sebastian Mila, Sławomir Peszko, Maciej Rybus, Kamil Wilczek, Piotr Zieliński
Forward: Michał Kucharczyk, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Artur Sobiech, Waldemar Sobota, Filip Starzyński, Łukasz Teodorczyk, Mateusz Zachara, Michał Żyro
Best result: group stage 2008, 2012
Coach: Adam Nawałka
Leading scorers: all-time – Włodzimierz Lubański (48); current – Robert Lewandowski (34)
Most appearances: all-time – Michał Żewłakow (102); current – Jakub Błaszczykowski (75)
Association formed: 1919
Nickname: Biało-czerwoni (White and reds)
Where they play: National Stadium, Warsaw
Poland national football team jersey
Poland qualified for a UEFA European Championship at the 13th time of asking after topping their 2008 qualifying group featuring Portugal, Serbia and Belgium. Leo Beenhakker’s side made a limited impression in Austria and Switzerland, managing a goal – from Roger Guerreiro – and a point as they finished bottom of their section.
Poland doubled both tallies as co-hosts at UEFA EURO 2012 but, once again, ended propping up the group, and having claimed second place in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying section behind Germany, they will hope for better in France. Before 2008 the closest the Biało-czerwoni had come to qualifying was in 1976 and 1980. In 1976 they missed out on goal difference to a Netherlands side that barred their path again four years later when they recovered from 2-0 down to beat East Germany and pip Poland by a point.